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Commemorate Anzac Day in Canberra

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The nation’s capital is the perfect place to reflect upon what it means to be Australian. Before paying your respects at the Australian War Memorial on Anzac Day, spend a few days exploring Canberra’s hidden gems.

Anzac Day provides the perfect excuse to take a long weekend in Canberra and combine your commemorations with incredible food and wine, an outdoor adventure and a visit to some of our city’s beautiful museums and galleries.

Take in the sights with a walk around Lake Burley Griffin – an excellent opportunity to take in the changing autumn leaves – or go meandering through Canberra’s national attractions.

Drop in to the National Gallery of Australia to see images from the First World War as expressed by some of last century’s great artists in their Artists of the Great War exhibition. Will Dyson’s remarkable works are prominent throughout the exhibition, through his role as Australia’s first Official War Artist.

The National Archives of Australia also tells the stories of Indigenous soldiers through two exhibitions, Facing Two Fronts: the Fight for Respect and Indigenous Australians at War from the Boer War to Present. These exhibitions uncover stories of service and sacrifice made by Indigenous Australians, and how these stories helped shape discussions about social justice.

The Australian War Memorial is at the centerpiece of Canberra’s Anzac Day commemorations, beginning on Sunday 23 April with image projections of servicemen and women until the Dawn Service commences on Anzac Day.

Spend Monday 24 April making your way through the Memorial’s moving exhibitions before the Last Post Ceremony commences at 4.55pm.

The Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra is a moving experience that every Australian should experience at least once in their lifetime. Prior to the Anzac Day Dawn Service commencing at 5.30am, excerpts will be read from the letters and diaries of Australians who experienced war first-hand from Gallipoli onwards.

The Anzac Day National Ceremony begins at 10.30am with the traditional order of service including the national anthems of Australia and New Zealand, the Commemorative Address, the laying of wreaths, the reading of hymns, the sounding of the Last Post, and the observance of one minute’s silence. After the ceremonies draw to a close, head to one of the local clubs for a gunfire brekkie (rum-laced coffee), a spot of two-up or to catch one of the big sports matches on their screens.

Throughout the weekend, feed your appetite by heading to the vibrant precincts of Braddon or Kingston. Here you’ll find award winning craft beers, elegant takes on pub food and cuisines that fuse multiple cultures together on a plate.

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